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Old 01-08-17, 04:47 PM   #26
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tried to get back to this trail, from the North. but the raging 'norEaster kinda cut my ride short. but the trail was just gorgeous
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Old 01-08-17, 07:27 PM   #27
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Great pics. Snow riding can be fun. I was at the Airline in West Thompson at 7 am, I got 15 mi in before the snow set in. I used my 29er, there was about an inch of snow from the previous day.


More great pics/info from the Airline here.


Along the Air Line... - Stan Malcolm Photos
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Old 01-08-17, 07:31 PM   #28
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was at the Airline in West Thompson at 7 am, I got 15 mi in before the snow set in. I used my 29er, there was about an inch of snow from the previous day
cool! that's what I was hoping for but I got there about an hour after it started getting heavy & then just got worse. hey love your photography. especially the closeups!
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I don't mind riding in the snow but I didn't want to drive home in it.

Not my pics, I wish! That guys a pro!
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oh OK sorry

about the, yeah that was dicy. bike wasn't to happy about it either
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Old 01-19-17, 03:16 PM   #31
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at the Airline in West Thompson
any idea how the wooded trails look? did the recent weather wash away all snow & ice I wonder? cpl weeks ago there was some decent snow pack building up. wondering if I ride there Saturday if I should use the studded bike or the one with wider knarly tires
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The path is mostly packed gravel with a very gentle grade. Doable on road tires when it's dry
any idea how the trails look? did the recent weather wash away all snow & ice I wonder?
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You'll find me and the old Fuji Folder on the Arline Trail all the time
wonder what the trail looks like this week. thinking about going back Saturday. bare dirt/gravel, etc? still covered in ice or snow? muddy? warm temps during the day + rain but sub freezing at night makes me wonder. the grassy areas up here are bare now
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I rode from Pomfret Center to Willimantic and back early Monday morning. Hard surface, no snow at all, a couple of icy spots but no problem, really good conditions, used the Vaya, 42 mm tires w/fenders. It was getting soft as the sun hit the surface, it is supposed to be a bit warmer till Sunday at least. I would recommend big soft tires as it might be soft and muddy in spots, no studs, fenders are good also.
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awesome, thanks!
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since Douglas State Forest, MA is a convenient start point for me, I jumped on the SNETT south to the Airline & just kept going until I reached the Riverside lot in East Thompson CT. the ground was indeed quite soft in spots, softer than on other rides. must be the moisture content from the melted snow. the brooks on the edges were loudly bubbling with runoff. riding the 40mm tires (measure 1.5") w some air let out worked ok but wider tires or tires w less deep tread would have worked better. that new bridge is quite nice. don't miss the walk around. a nearby bridge had a tempting catwalk. which I walked straddling the bike. too freaky over the highway to do again. got in about 20 miles
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fenders are good also.
dried up some so wasn't sloppy yesterday at 55 degrees but a lot of it had a weirdly sticky consistency, almost like fly paper. was using some really low gears heading North from E Thompson. must have been the still remaining high water content. freezing it solid would be nice or drying it out completely would be nice too
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At this time of year it's either muddy/soft or frozen, not much in between. That's if there is no snow or ice of course.
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At this time of year it's either muddy/soft or frozen, not much in between. That's if there is no snow or ice of course.
must be a nasty mess right about now, huh? gonna warm up some too
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I went snowshoeing in George Washington management area today in West Glocester RI which is just south of DSF. There is about 20" snow there. The snowmobile trails are packed down and rideable with a fatbike or mtb.

Airline/SNETT will not be rideable now.
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I went snowshoeing in George Washington management area today in West Glocester RI which is just south of DSF. There is about 20" snow there. The snowmobile trails are packed down and rideable with a fatbike or mtb. Airline/SNETT will not be rideable now.
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Good conditions on Airline Trail from Pomfret Station south. Fenders recommended, a bit moist in spots. Totally rideable.
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thanks, was wondering. sticky? clog up the voids on the tires? slow rolling? I want one more day of hard frozen dirt
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It was fine, just a bit surface wetness in spots. It will really be hard and frozen from now till Monday morn.
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Airline in CT in good shape today, just a bit wet in a few spots, totally rideable, 42mm tires.
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in before the storm?
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Oh yeah. Needed some solar power. Get lost March, we won't miss you.
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anyone know which direction (North or South) would be better from James L Goodwin State Forest, 23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT?

better, as in, more gravel less pavement
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It is 12 miles north to Pomfret Station, all dirt, a bit rough at first but then it gets smoother. After PS it is a bit unimproved but plans are in place to finish it to Putnam.

6 miles south to Willimantic before it turns to pavement.

Fenders recommended for now.
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It is 12 miles north to Pomfret Station, all dirt, a bit rough at first but then it gets smoother. After PS it is a bit unimproved but plans are in place to finish it to Putnam.6 miles south to Willimantic before it turns to pavement
cool thanks. started looking at the section to the north using google satellite & street views at some rd crossings. looks promising for one day this weekend if I can justify the 74 mile 1.5 hr drive

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